Winken, Blinken And Nod
Once upon a time there was an iPad book that could hear you speak
Bedtime – or anytime – stories for children can be a great way to capture their imagination and attention. Letting them turn the pages and lift the flaps enables them to interact with the tale in front of them, keeping them entertained and involved.
With Winken, Blinken and Nod, however, Larva Labs has taken that interactivity to a whole new level. It claims to have produced the very first voice-activated animated book for the iPad.
As you read out each word shown on the screen, it’ll highlight itself in a different colour, with certain words triggering a burst of animation to continue the story. It works well, although on some occasions you may have to repeat yourself.
The book is also kitted out with excellent touch controls, so you can press each word onscreen if you’d prefer. This is all accompanied by sound effects that play alongside the motion graphics. In a welcome change from the norm, they aren’t annoying or overly intrusive in their effect on the story. Instead, they act in a way that genuinely complements the app.
Something else that impresses is Winken’s superb visuals. Artist Robin Rosenthal provides the story’s illustrations, which are layered with paper textures.
It all helps to form an enchanting and good value literary package that children and adults will love. Our only criticism is that it’s just that bit too short, but catch it now while it’s cheap as the price is going up according to its iTunes page.
A beautifully presented book that’s sure to entertain young children just as much as their parents.
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